Bite-sized blog post: Dena Hysell

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DENA HYSELL has directed documentary and narrative fiction films. She started out as a producer after studying at Stanford and has served on the board of the non-profit Mobile Film Classroom which teaches kids storytelling and filmmaking skills.

Her directorial debut was a documentary about business people who survived and thrived despite the economic crisis, The Paladins (2012).

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FILMOGRAPHY (from imdb):

 2015The App (attached)
 2012I’m Not an Accent (Short)
 2012Peacemaker (Video documentary short)
 2012The Paladins (Documentary)

Bite-sized blog post: Dennie Gordon

Dennie Gordon

DENNIE GORDON graduated from Yale’s School of Drama in Directing to working in film and television and has directed over forty episodes of television as well as feature film What a Girl Wants (2003) and New York Minute (2004).

She was the first American woman to direct in China with her feature My Lucky Star (2013) which she shot in Hong Kong.

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U.S. director Dennie Gordon, on filming ‘My Lucky Star’ in China

FILMOGRAPHY (from imdb):

Feed the Beast (TV Series) (1 episode)

Episode #1.7 (2016)

 2016Bloodline (TV Series) (1 episode)

Part 18 (2016)

 2014-2016Kingdom (TV Series) (4 episodes)

Cut Man (2016)
Help Wanted (2016)
The Gentle Slope (2014)

 2014-2015Madam Secretary (TV Series) (4 episodes)

Lights Out (2015)
The Rusalka (2015)
Need to Know (2014)

 2015Under the Dome (TV Series) (1 episode)

Legacy (2015)

 2015Power (TV Series) (1 episode)

 2015Grace and Frankie (TV Series) (1 episode)

The Sex (2015)

 201512 Monkeys (TV Series) (1 episode)

Paradox (2015)

 2013-2014Hell on Wheels (TV Series) (3 episodes)

Reckoning (2014)
Chicken Hill (2014)
Range War (2013)

 2014Rectify (TV Series) (1 episode)

Sleeping Giants (2014)

 2009-2013Burn Notice (TV Series) (8 episodes)

Brothers in Arms (2013)
Under the Gun (2012)
Eyes Open (2010)
Hard Time (2010)
Fast Friends (2010)

 2011Suits (TV Series) (1 episode)

 2009-2011White Collar (TV Series) (3 episodes)

Vital Signs (2010)
Threads (2009)

 2011Outsourced (TV Series) (1 episode)

 2009-2011Royal Pains (TV Series) (2 episodes)

 2011The Cape (TV Series) (1 episode)

Scales (2011)

 2010Hellcats (TV Series) (1 episode)

 2010The Glades (TV Series) (1 episode)

Breaking 80 (2010)

 2010The Good Guys (TV Series) (1 episode)

Silvio’s Way (2010)

 2010Notes from the Underbelly (TV Series) (1 episode)

The Weekend (2010)

 2010True Jackson, VP (TV Series) (1 episode)

True Date (2010)

 2010The Deep End (TV Series) (1 episode)

An Innocent Man (2010)

 2009The Ex List (TV Series) (2 episodes)

The Other Foot (2009)
 2009PRIVATE: The Casting Call (TV Series)
 2009Private (TV Series) (series director)

 2008Samantha Who? (TV Series) (1 episode)

The Birthday (2008)

 200712 Miles of Bad Road (TV Series) (1 episode)

 2007Hell on Earth (TV Movie)

 2007Aliens in America (TV Series) (1 episode)

Homecoming (2007)

 2006-2007The Loop (TV Series) (4 episodes)

Fatty (2007)
Yeah, Presents (2007)
The Phantom (2007)

 2007The Wedding Bells (TV Series) (1 episode)

 200730 Rock (TV Series) (1 episode)

 2006Haversham Hall (TV Movie)
 2006Our Thirties (TV Short)

 2006What About Brian (TV Series) (1 episode)

 2006The Office (TV Series) (2 episodes)

Boys and Girls (2006)
The Secret (2006)
 2006Mermaid (TV Movie)

 2005Kitchen Confidential (TV Series) (1 episode)

Rabbit Test (2005)

 2005Everybody Hates Chris (TV Series) (1 episode)

 2005Beautiful People (TV Series) (pilot)
 2003Beat Cops (TV Movie)

 2001-2002Grounded for Life (TV Series) (6 episodes)

Dust in the Wind (2002)
Safety Dance (2002)
We Are Family (2002)

 1997-2002The Practice (TV Series) (6 episodes)

Judge Knot (2002)
Legacy (1999)
The Trial (1998)
 2002Glory Days (TV Series) (pilot)
 2001Joe Dirt

 2001DAG (TV Series) (2 episodes)

Guns and Roses (2001)
Prom (2001)

 1999-2000Jack & Jill (TV Series) (3 episodes)

 1997-2000Ally McBeal (TV Series) (4 episodes)

Out in the Cold (2000)
Love Unlimited (1999)
Theme of Life (1998)
The Kiss (1997)
 1999Outreach (TV Series) (pilot)

 1998-1999Sports Night (TV Series) (4 episodes)

The Reunion (1999)

 1999Snoops (TV Series) (1 episode)

Bedfellas (1999)

 1999Tracey Takes On… (TV Series) (1 episode)

End of the World (1999)
 1998Real Life (TV Series)

 1998Dawson’s Creek (TV Series) (1 episode)

Crossroads (1998)

 1997Nash Bridges (TV Series) (1 episode)

Sniper (1997)
 1997Michael Hayes (TV Series)

 1996-1997Party of Five (TV Series) (3 episodes)

Hitting Bottom (1997)
Christmas (1996)
Deal with It (1996)

 1996Relativity (TV Series) (1 episode)

No Job Too Small (1996)
 1996Dangerous Minds (TV Series)

 1996Chicago Hope (TV Series) (1 episode)

Life Lines (1996)

 1995Picket Fences (TV Series) (1 episode)

 1994A Hard Rain (Short)

Bite-sized blog post: Jerusha Hess

Jerusha Hess

JERUSHA HESS wrote the cult film Napoleon Dynamite (2004) directed by her husband Jared Hess who she met while studying film at Brigham Young University.

She went on to direct the film Austenland (2013) based on the novel by Shannon Hale about the world of Jane Austen fans.

Bite-sized blog post: Deborah Kaplan

Deborah Kaplan

DEBORAH KAPLAN writes regularly with her creative partner Harry Elfton who she met while a student at NYU. Her directorial debut Can’t Hardly Wait (1998) starred Jennifer Love Hewitt and was made with Elfont.

They have gone on to work on other projects together including Josie and the Pussycats (2001) and worked on a script of the famous book “Men are from Mars. Women are From Venus.” which has yet to be made.

Bite-sized blog post: Natalia Leite

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 19: Filmmaker Natalia Leite attends the 'Bare' premiere during the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival at SVA Theatre 2 on April 19, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/WireImage)

NATALIA LEITE’s feature film Bare (2015) premiered at Tribeca.

She has directed documentaries for Vice Media as well as music videos and shorts since moving to NYC from Brazil. She co-created Be Here Nowish with Alexandra Roxo.

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FILMOGRAPHY (from imdb):

Jo Cool (Short) (co-director) (post-production)

 2016Be Here Nowish (TV Series) (1 episode)

Clitoral Nirvana (2016)
 2015Serrano Shoots Cuba (Documentary)
 2012/IVThe Game (Short)
 2011Baby Steps (Short)
 2009Dash (Short)

Bite-sized blog post: Leslye Headland

Leslye Headland

Leslye Headland directed her first feature Bachelorette (2012) based on the play she wrote with the same name.

She has just been slated to direct her first pilot for ABC.

Bite-sized blog post: Anna Mastro

Anna Mastro

ANNA MASTRO’s short film Bench Seat (2011) is a musical with a screenplay written by Neil LaBute. Mastro moved from Seattle to Los Angeles to start her career in directing.

She has gone on to direct feature films and television including for Finding Carter and Jane the Virgin.

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‘Bench Seat’ Director Anna Mastro: Crowd-Funded Short Music to Her Ears

FILMOGRAPHY (from imdb):

 2016Awkward. (TV Series) (1 episode)

 2016Jane the Virgin (TV Series) (1 episode)

Chapter Forty (2016)
 2015Guidance (TV Series)

 2015Finding Carter (TV Series) (1 episode)

 2014-2015Royal Crush (TV Series) (12 episodes)

The Confession (2015)
Second Chances (2015)
Broken Hearts (2015)
Frenemies (2015)
Together Again (2015)
Together at Last (2014)
Love Hurts (2014)
When in Rome (2014)
First Date (2014)
 2013Jarvis Cocker: Black Magic (Video short)

 2012Gossip Girl (TV Series) (1 episode)

 2012/IIThe Golden Rule (Short)
 2011Bench Seat (Short)
 2008Matter (Short)

Bite-sized blog post: Diablo Cody

Diablo Cody

Diablo Cody is best known for her work as a screenwriter, having won an Academy Award for Juno (2007) and has written for TV and film before directing her first (and based on her experiences apparently) directorial endeavor Paradise (2013).

She continues to write for film and television!

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FILMOGRAPHY (from imdb):

2013 Paradise

Bite-sized blog post: Bronwen Hughes

Bronwen Hughes

BRONWEN HUGHES is best known for directing for television including for the popular Breaking Bad series.

She also directed the feature film Forces of Nature (1999) starring Ben Affleck and Sandra Bullock.

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FILMOGRAPHY (from imdb):

 2016Damien (TV Series) (1 episode)

 2015Teen Wolf (TV Series) (1 episode)

 2015Allegiance (TV Series) (1 episode)

Blowback (2015)

 2013-2015Motive (TV Series) (3 episodes)

Fallen (2015)
Against All Odds (2013)
Creeping Tom (2013)

 2014Stalker (TV Series) (1 episode)

Manhunt (2014)

 2014The Mysteries of Laura (TV Series) (1 episode)

 2014Black Box (TV Series) (2 episodes)

Free Will (2014)
Kodachrome (2014)
 2013Over/Under (TV Movie)

 2011Fairly Legal (TV Series) (1 episode)

Pilot (2011)
 2010Tangled (TV Movie)
 2010Cutthroat (TV Movie)

 2009White Collar (TV Series) (1 episode)

Pilot (2009)

 2009Royal Pains (TV Series) (1 episode)

Crazy Love (2009)

 2008Burn Notice (TV Series) (1 episode)

Bad Blood (2008)

 2008Breaking Bad (TV Series) (1 episode)

 2006-2007The L Word (TV Series) (3 episodes)

Lobsters (2006)
 2001Earth Angels (TV Movie)
 1994Amy Grant: Building the House of Love (Video documentary) (video “Lucky One”)

 The Kids in the Hall (TV Series) (3 episodes, 1994) (film segment director – 3 episodes, 1994)

Episode #5.20 (1994) … (film segment director)
Episode #5.19 (1994) … (film segment director)
Episode #5.17 (1994)
Episode #5.16 (1994)
Episode #5.15 (1994) … (film segment director)
Episode #5.18 (1994) … (film segment)
 1990Love Hurts (TV Series)

Bite-sized blog post: Ali Scher

Ali Scher

ALI SCHER got her MFA from USC after directing theatre as an Undergrad. She won a Student Emmy and won the DGA Jury Award for Best Female Filmmaker.

She went on to create her own webseries Candy Land and her first feature Jessica Darling’s It List produced by Disney is set to come out this year.

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FILMOGRAPHY (from imdb):

 2015Just Jacques (TV Series) (3 episodes)

The Duel (2015)
Basketball (2015)

 2015OMG! (TV Series) (1 episode)

Just Jacques (2015)

 2012CandyLand: A Web Series (TV Series) (2 episodes)

The Real Lucy (2012)